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Southwest Iowa Solar Farm

Southwest Iowa Solar Farm is located outside of Corning, Iowa along Highway 34.
Utility-scale solar provides reliable, clean electricity generation and compliments CIPCO’s existing renewable energy generation portfolio.  At a generation cost significantly below that of residential-scale solar, the new facility will provide CIPCO with additional resources for distributing electricity to our members throughout the state.

Southwest Iowa REC Observing National Co-op Month in October

Southwest Iowa REC is joining 30,000 cooperatives nationwide in October to celebrate National Co-op Month, which recognizes the many ways cooperatives are committed to strengthening the local communities they serve. “Co-ops Commit” is the theme for this year’s celebration, spotlighting the countless ways cooperatives meet the needs of their members and communities.

Move Over Slow Down

The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) represents the interests of not-for-profit electric cooperatives in the state, including 35 distribution co-ops and 7 generation and transmission co-ops. Owned by the members they serve, Iowa’s electric cooperatives power the lives of 650,000 Iowans throughout all 99 counties and are committed to delivering power that is safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible.

Offices Closed for Memorial Day - May 29, 2017

Southwest Iowa REC offices at all three locations - Corning, Mount Ayr, and Stanton will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day.

System Reliability - Top Priority for Southwest Iowa REC

Southwest Iowa REC crews recently completed a new tie line construction project near Lake Icaria.  This project involved the construction of a half mile of new overhead line and a half mile of new underground line to provide system reliability in that area and for expected future load growth.  This project is part of the Cooperative’s new $11.15 million construction work plan that was recently developed and approved for the years 2017-2020.

Iowa RECs Advocate for Co-op Member-Owners in Washington, D.C.

More than 35 representatives from dozens of Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives, recently returned from a successful trip to the nation’s capital. While in Washington, D.C., the advocates attended high-level briefings on key issues impacting the electric industry and met with Iowa’s Congressional Delegation to discuss priorities. While many issues were discussed, Iowa’s electric co-ops focused on the President’s budget proposal, the Farm Bill reauthorization, and geothermal tax credits.

End-of-Session Remarks from Iowa’s Electric Cooperatives

Monday, May 1, 2017 – DES MOINES, IA – Reducing filing paperwork and protecting the safety of line workers were two major electric cooperative priorities that were accomplished in the Iowa General Assembly this year. Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) Board Chairman Steve Seidl praised Iowa legislators for their efforts to enact bipartisan, common-sense regulatory relief in SF 331 which eliminated costly and duplicative energy efficiency reporting requirements.

ARBOR DAY - APRIL 28, 2017

​Trees beautify our neighborhoods, and when planted in the right spot, can even help lower energy bills. But the wrong tree in the wrong place can be a hazard… especially to power lines.

New executive order calls for review of the Clean Power Plan

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump pledged to review burdensome federal regulations when he became president. On March 28, President Trump took an important step to follow through on that commitment by signing an executive order to promote energy independence. The order also calls for review of the Clean Power Plan. 


National Lineman Appreciation Day is April 10, 2017!


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